Now that the summer heat is raging, you might be a little desperate to find a solution to beat the scorching temperatures. One of the best ways to do that is to control the temperature inside your home – the right way. You might have an air conditioning system, but do you have the right thermostat for the size and energy needs of your home? What is going to happen when winter comes around and you are left having to beat the freezing outside temperatures? When you are looking for a thermostat for your home, there are a number of considerations you need to make. Here is how to select the right thermostat for your home.
First, you need to decide what type of thermostat you want. One of the most common types of thermostats is a manual one. Manual thermostats are the least expensive, because they do not require any advanced electronics or computing. However, manual thermostats are not for everyone. If you live in a single story, small home you might want the control of changing the thermostat yourself – considering it’s not that out of the way. However, if you have a larger home with much more surface area to heat and cool, you might want something a little more automatic.
If you are looking for something more automatic and something more energy efficient, you might want to look into installing a learnable thermostat. A learnable thermostat does just that: it learns your exact specifications so that you never have to worry about programming it. In addition, some models will even learn the specifications of different rooms in the house. This option might seem perfect, but when you see the price tag you will realize that this option is not for everyone.
However, if you want something in between manual and learnable, you could go with a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperatures you want – at the times you want – and the rest is done for you. While these models won’t adapt or give your preferences based on the external and internal temperatures, they can be a great option if you don’t want to constantly have to change the thermostat throughout the day. In addition, they are also great if you live in a particular climate where the temperature stays pretty constant throughout a warmer or cooler season.
Lastly, after you decide what type of thermostat you want, you want to make sure that it matches your air conditioning and heating system. A mismatched air conditioner system means trouble. You could risk making a system work too hard, which could result in damages occurring. Or you could risk making the system work inefficiently, which could result in you paying more money on your energy bills and even increasing your carbon footprint. Air conditioning alone is already causing enough damage. Yet, if you ask the right questions when you are out looking at thermostats, a professional will be able to tell you whether you are getting the right size or not.